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People’s President fondly remembered

Bhubaneswar, October 15, 2017: The nation today fondly remembered former President of India, rightly called 'The People's President' Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his 86th birth anniversary with people from different walks of life, including Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other leaders paying tributes to him.

In a Facebook message, Patnaik said, “Fondly remembering our beloved People’s President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his birth anniversary. The simple yet extraordinary man touched a billion lives with his unmatched contributions and vision for the country. He was loved and looked up to by the youth and students with whom he engaged the most. He ignited the young minds to dream big and work hard to fulfill them.”

“He will always live in the hearts of every Indian not only as the President, Missile Man and teacher but more as the humble, smiling man who inspired young and old alike to work for the Nation,” Patnaik added.

Dr Kalam served as the 11th President of India between 2002 and 2007. He worked with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as an aerospace engineer before becoming the President.

He passed away on July 27, 2015 at the age of 83 due to cardiac arrest in Shillong while delivering a lecture at the IIM where he was a visiting professor.

Globally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik too paid tributes to Kalam by sculpting a sand art of the missile man on his 86th birth anniversary on Puri beach.

Pattnaik posted the pictures of his sand art with the message, “Remembering People's President, MissileMan of India & BharatRatna Dr #APJAbdulKalam on his 86th Birth Anniversary. My SandArt at Puri beach.”

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